Armada: A Novel by Ernest Cline
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Armada: A Novel Audiobook by Ernest Cline is a novel written by the same author of “Ready Player One”. This story occurs on an ordinary day of high school for Zack Lightman. He’s at Math class daydreaming in an attempt to stop feeling boring, thinking about the remaining month of school to graduate and be free; well, if he is not suspended during that period of time once again.
Already familiar with the content of the class, Zack glimpses at the window and out of the blue he observes a flying saucer. But this is not an ordinary UFO; it looks so similar to the ones he used to destroy in a videogame he plays every single night. At the very beginning, he thought that he was going crazy, but after a deep observation he has to admit that the saucer is the same that comes out in the video game called “Armada”. The main objective of Armada is that gamers have to defend the Earth for an alien invasion.
And this is not an illusion, it’s completely real and in no time, Zack and several gamers around the world are going to prove their skills in order to save the planet from what is coming.
As he is preparing to fight with the aliens, he starts to think about all the science fiction movies, books, and TV shows and he can’t help feeling that all of these is too familiar.
Armada: A Novel Audiobook by Ernest Cline makes us wonder whether the second novel from the author of “Ready Player One” is at the same level of his first book –now that it has become a major motion picture at the hands of Steven Spielberg. The answer is simple: “Armada published in 2015 is ‘out of this world’.
It is totally clear that Ernest Cline has a true passion narrating epic stories, perhaps of the influence he has for all media during his childhood and youth, but the epic treatment is simply a environment to tell a story that goes around several topics such as friendship, love, family, and believing in oneself.
As it happens with his first piece, Armada is full of pop culture references from the eighties and nineties, also with plenty of humor and youthful optimism aiming to the dreamer in us expecting a great adventure to happen anytime soon.
Armada is a sure homage to science fiction classics along the 11 hours and 50 minutes it takes to listen to the whole material narrated with real expertise by Wil Wheaton (from Star Trek Next Generation), another clear indication of the love from the nineties in the production of this audiobook.